Calgary Buddhist Temple Blog

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Monday, December 11, 2017

December 31 – New Year’s Eve

Join us for a fun family night that is warm and safe.

We begin with an old Japanese tradition, a dish of noodles. Long noodles are thought to bring us long life so the longer your noodles the better!

Following the dinner, we will proceed upstairs for a short service. We then celebrate the end of 2017 and welcome in 2018 by ringing the Kansho bell. (the large hanging bell) The Kansho bell is rung 108 times. The ceremony is said to have originated in the Song Dynasty (960-1279) as a Chinese custom and was then taken over to Japan later.

Why 108? Some doctrine suggests that there are 108 imperfections that humans must overcome before attaining complete awakening. Each ring represents one of these 108 earthly temptations. The number 108 is created by a matrix of the multiple of:

  1. The 6 senses – smell, touch, taste, sight, sound and mind
  2. The 3 differentiators – pleasant reaction, neutral or unpleasant reaction
  3. The 2 possible outcomes of the causes and conditions – wholesome or unwholesome
  4. The 3 time periods – past life, present life, future life

Everyone who wishes can have a turn ringing the bell.

Start time 6:00 pm until usually around 8:00 pm. That still leaves time to take in the fun and fireworks at Olympic Plaza or head over to the Zoo and enjoy the lights!


January 1 – New Year’s Day Service

Welcome in the New Year with the Sangha/community by attending the service at 2:30pm

Temple Refuge Circle

Monday, December 11, 2017

This Tuesday group is a small meditation- & awareness-focused Practice ‘circuit’ meant for people who have been exploring Buddhism but wish to improve in: Meditation (25mins),Loving-Kindness, Equanimity, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, Deep Listening, & Gratitude.

We will get to know each other while we deepen our Practice in a safe and caring environment. Members will have the opportunity to run a weekly of session (voluntary).

This is a different form: that of a Circle, with each member contributing and learning from each other.

To join, I am asking interested people to have a commitment to this Circle for a ‘season’. This is much the same as if you were to join a sports team. You can certainly miss a weekly session, but I ask that you are committed to being there for yourself and each other as if you were on a team.

This ‘Season’ Practice will run Tuesday evenings from Jan 23rd through Apr 10th, starting at 7pm, at the Temple (IE: 12 weeks). We usually finish about ~8:30pm, then a little shared cleanup of teacups that we used etc.

You can come on Tuesday Jan 16th to try it out before the ‘committed’ Season starts.

It is a gentle group, led by it’s members. Membership is limited.

Dana to the temple: $25/person, speak to me if you cannot afford that, it should not be an impediment to attending.

In Gassho,


Assistant – Calgary Buddhist Temple

Please contact me here if interested or if you have questions. Feel free to pass along to interested persons.



December Gifting

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Once again the temple will collect donated items to assist the Women’s Centre in providing some cheer to those that would appreciate a little extra help at this time of year.

Donations can be made through the temple only up until December 17 so don’t delay!

Follow the link to the website for suggestions if you are wondering what to gift:  Women’s Centre

Thank you!

All items can be placed on the table in the lower level!

Bodhi Day

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Please join the Calgary Buddhist Temple on Sunday, December 10 in recognition of Bodhi Day. There will be a service and pot-luck meal afterwards.

December 8 marks the official day many Buddhists the world over celebrate as Bodhi Day. It is the day when Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree and became the Buddha, the “Awakened One.”

The Buddha’s enlightenment has for over 2,500 years been the central event as well as being the vision and underlying motivation of all Buddhist teachings.

Bodhi Day is an opportunity to acknowledge our dedication to the principles of wisdom, compassion and kindness — the distinguishing features of the Buddhist worldview.


Chance to Win $5,000 for Your Favorite Charity!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

On November 28, 2017, millions of Canadians will be celebrating GivingTuesday – a day dedicated to giving back! In honour of GivingTuesday’s 5th year in Canada, we are giving you a chance to WIN a $5,000 donation for your favourite charity! To enter for your chance to win, all you need to do is tell CanadaHelps what you plan to do this GivingTuesday: volunteer, donate, fundraise or spread the word.

The Calgary Buddhist Temple is one of the deserving charities listed on CanadaHelps so hurry and enter now! The contest closes on GivingTuesday, November 28, 2017.


What is GivingTuesday?
Happening right after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. This is the 5th year that Canadian charities, businesses, and individuals will join together to make a difference in their communities, in Canada, and globally!

Temple Grey Cup Night

Monday, November 06, 2017

Looking forward to Grey Cup night? Have more fun watching the game at the Temple on Sunday, Nov 26th from 3:30 pm. Bring your comfy lawn chair and BYOB. Pull tickets will be available to add to the fun and special homemade chili will be served!

We’d like to know how many are coming so please RSVP on SignUpGenius.